Traitor by Amanda McCrina

by Amanda McCrina

A tightly woven YA thrill ride exploring political conflict, deep-seated prejudice, and the terror of living in a world where betrayal is a matter of life or death.


Alive with detail and vivid with insight, Traitor is an effortlessly immersive account of a shocking and little-known moment in the turbulent history of Poland and Ukraine―and ironically, a piercing and bittersweet story of unflinching loyalty. I think Tolya has left my heart a little damaged forever.”

—Elizabeth Wein, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Code Name Verity and The Enigma Game

This riveting WWII novel starts with a literal bang… Crisp writing plunges readers into a brutal world rife with deception, betrayal… and occasional glints of compassion… To dig much deeper into specifics would detract from the pleasure of this novel’s hairpin twists, which begin early and continue to the final pages. An intricate depiction of a region whose complex history is likely to be unfamiliar to many in the United States.”

—Publishers Weekly

For those who want something different from their war stories. Energetic and fast-paced, this book will keep readers wanting more.”

—School Library Journal